From the Land of the Rising Sun: An Introduction to Japanese Literature in English

with Woody River

Code: SP220Time: 19.00-21.00Length: 5 weeksStarts: 18 JanDay: TuesdayCost: £60.00Venue: Avanti School

This course has been cancelled

Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation – Five week course


Explore the strange and beautiful world of Japanese literature from the seventeenth century to the present. Discover how nature, China and the West have influenced the poetry, short stories, novels and journals of ten of Japan's finest writers.


Week 1: "The deep quiet of the Japanese spirit" (Kawabata) 
 Basho – haikus and extract from The Narrow Road to Oku (1694)
 Yasunari Kawabata – extract from Snow Country (1956)

Week 2: Narrating the strange
 Akinari Ueda– 'The Carp of my Dreams' from Tales of Moonlight and Rain (1776)
 Kobo Abe – extract from Woman in the Dunes (1962)

Week 3: Witnessing History
 Ichiyō Higuchi – extract from novella Childs Play (1895 – 6)
 Masuji Ibuse – extract from Black Rain (1965)

Week 4: Narrating the personal
 Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – extract from the short story 'Spinning Gears' (1927) 
 Kenzaburo Oe – extract from novella 'The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away' (1972)

Week 5: Questions of Identity
 Soseki Natsume – 'The Seventh Night' [short story] from Ten Nights' Dreams (1908)
 Takako Arai – 'When the Moon Rises' [poem] (2008

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